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Dogs Have 'Special Value,' Texas Appellate Court Rules

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By Vladimir Negron    November 16, 2011 at 12:27PM / (1) comments

A Texas appeals court recently ruled that a dog's value is greater than its fair market value.

"Dogs are unconditionally devoted to their owners," the Texas 2nd Court of Appeals stated in their ruling on November 3. "We interpret timeworn supreme court law ... to acknowledge that the special value of 'man's best friend' should be protected."

According to court filings, Jeremy and Katherine Medlen's 8-year-old Labrador mix escaped from their backyard and was picked up by the city's animal control in 2009. Through a series of unfortunate events -- including Mr. Medlen not having enough cash in hand to pay fees and the animal control employees not placing a "hold-for-owner" tag on the dog's cage -- Avery was euthanized by the city soon thereafter.

The Medlens subsequently sued for "sentimental or intrinsic" damages.

Many pet owners have exhibited great joy in the court's ruling. However, some worry that it could affect Texas veterinarians and other dog-oriented businesses by making them more susceptible to large lawsuits should something happen to a dog.

 

Image (not the Medlens): Dmitriy Shironosov / via Shutterstock

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  • B-B-B-but
    11/17/2011 07:17pm


    It's good to see critters' worth finally being recognized for something more than the cost of replacing the pet. Those of us that would go to the ends of the earth for our critters feel that 1) they are irreplaceable and 2) they are priceless.

    B-B-B-but what about the cats?

    I've not heard of one that can predict seizures or is used for a rescue cat after a disaster. Heck, if I fell and broke every bone in my body, instead of alerting the neighbors or calling 9-1-1, my critters would stare at me and complain that their dinner is late.

    However, each and every one is worth more than money could buy.


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